India expands investigation into BBC as more charges brought and workers questioned

Action comes months after country’s tax authorities conducted ‘surveys’ at BBC offices

Sravasti Dasgupta
Thursday 13 April 2023 23:24 BST
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Authorities in India have brought a new case against the BBC for alleged violations of foreign exchange rules, months after multiple tac raids on the broadcaster’s offices in New Delhi and Mumbai.

The actions come after the BBC aired a documentary about the 2002 Gujarat religious riots, with new evidence suggesting Narendra Modi was “directly responsible” for the circumstances leading up to violence in which over 1,000 people – many of them Muslims – were killed. Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist, was subsequently elected prime minister of India.

Officials from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a branch of the finance ministry tasked with investigating serious financial crimes, told Press Trust of India that an investigation had been opened under the country’s law related to foreign funding.

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